Actor Arun Govil, known for playing Lord Ram in the television series ‘Ramayana’, joined the BJP on Thursday at its office in Delhi.
He said, “Now I want to contribute to the nation and for that we need a platform. BJP is the best platform today.”
There is no clarity on whether he will contest election as a BJP candidate, but his entry in the saffron brigade will certainly help the party in wooing right-wing voters in states where Assembly polls are due.
The multi-phased elections to Bengal, Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry will begin on March 27. Counting will be held on May 2.
— BJP (@BJP4India) March 18, 2021
Govil returned to limelight in 2020
Govil made the headlines last year after his picture watching Ramayan re-run on national broadcaster Doordarshan went viral.
Ramayan was written, produced and directed by Ramanand Sagar. The show, which also starred Deepika Chikhalia and Sunil Lahri as Sita and Lakshman, first aired on Doordarshan in 1987 and swiftly acquired cult status. It was telecast last year in March, amid the first tranche of the coronavirus-induced lockdown.
“Jai Shree Ram” is one of the slogans of the BJP in Bengal, where it is hoping to form its maiden government. The slogan was also used against the Trinamool Congress during the 2019 general elections.
Arun Govil career
He made his Bollywood debut in Prashanta Nanda’s Paheli (1977).He shot to stardom after he was cast in Kanak Mishra’s Sawan Ko Aane Do (1979) and Satyen Bose’s Saanch Ko Aanch Nahin (1979). He made his small screen debut in Ramanand Sagar’s Vikram Aur Betaal (1985).
He was then cast as Lord Rama in Sagar’s TV series Ramayan (1986), for which he won the Uptron Award in the Best Actor in a Leading Role category in 1988. He reprised his role as Rama in Sagar’s Luv Kush.
His role as Rama provided him great exposure and led him to be cast in other roles such as Harishchandra in the TV series Vishwamitra or Buddha in the TV series Buddha. He lent his voice as Rama in Yugo Sako’s Indo-Japanese animation film Ramayana: The Legend of Prince Rama (1992).
He also played the role of Laxman in V. Madhusudhan Rao’s Lav Kush (1997).
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